Here’s why a portion of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s new border wall was temporarily knocked over
Aug 16, 2022, 4:00 PM | Updated: Aug 17, 2022, 11:47 am
(Claudia Ramos/Univision Arizona via AP)
PHOENIX — Within days of announcing action to fill in border wall gaps near Yuma, a portion of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s new barrier was temporarily knocked over Monday morning.
Ducey’s office said the toppled shipping containers weren’t a result of strong weather, but were caused by humans. They believe it’s cartel related.
“Clearly we struck a nerve,” a Ducey spokesman told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday. “Someone clearly doesn’t like what we’re doing.”
Construction of about two-tenths of a mile of barrier, which cost $6 million and comes from the state budget from this fiscal year, started Friday.
Border Patrol alerted Ducey’s office of the issue just past midnight on Monday.
Ducey’s office said they’d immediately get the wall fixed, but Border Patrol advised waiting a few hours because there was “high migrant activity” in the area.
The barrier was repaired by 6:30 a.m., according to the governor’s office.
The double-stacked container on its side was the only one along the stretch that wasn’t welded and bolted down by the time construction stopped Sunday night, according to Ducey office.
Ducey touted the completion of the gaps on Monday.
An additional 2,000 feet of gaps could be finished within the next two weeks through more executive orders, Ducey’s office said Friday.